My first impression of reusable pads was pretty lukewarm. I never really thought about it, as I’ve just grown up with the idea of disposable pads. Few friends can attest that I’m kind of obsessed with menstrual pads, which I usually refer to as “ladythings.”
Back in university, a buddy of mine was over at my apartment and saw that in my bathroom was literally a pile of ladythings higher than an average person’s knee.
Mark Cuban stocks up on toothpaste, I stock up on ladythings. It’s my thing. They are not perishable, and it’s something I use consistently. If it’s on sale, yes, assholes, I fill up my cart like it’s Doomsday.
Fast-forward maybe a decade later, and now I have a new story!
Meeting the Ladies
By chance, an acquaintance of mine had connected me with Lunapads to talk about some website work for a project they had called G Day. It’s all very woman-focused, and at our first meeting, I was immediately struck by the way they spoke and regarded their work.
There are some people who are kind of hammy and annoying, despite the goodness of their product. And then there are others who give off an immediate sense of goodness more naturally. Perhaps it was because their primary goal was to help other girls out, and with this current landscape we find ourselves in, I suppose it struck a cord.
Talking with Madeleine and Alysha felt like their whole point to exist was for other young women, and whether that’s a product they sell or an event that they organize, it all felt really heartwarming and real. They talked about growing up and the awkwardness of it all, as well as this notion of power with numbers, and that it takes a village to raise a child.
Their company and organization sprung from a natural need to pay it forward, and it felt really good to be able to lend a hand wherever I could.
This, of course, led to me being curious about their flagship product, Lunapads. Again, this wasn’t really something I had ever thought about. Just like toothpaste or toilet paper, ladythings to me were literally waste products of which to be disposed.
But looking at it more, a close comparison to this would be using cloth diapers on children. I think I grew up with that. I don’t recall. Either way, it wasn’t that far-fetched to me at that point, so I went ahead and ordered a Deluxe Kit in all black and a pair of their MAIA undies.
What Do I Think About Lunapads?
My friends, I really like it. I’ve been using them for about 3 months now, which, granted, is not that long. But for what its worth:
Things I like about Lunapads:
- I have pretty sensitive skin. Maybe everyone says that, but I’ve always had a tough time with certain fabrics and materials against my skin. Again, I never really thought about it, but since using Lunapads, completely taking out these plastics that sit against your ladyparts all day was a noticeable benefit.
- Obviously, less garbage. Way less.
- Also, while the upfront cost of purchasing these bad boys were pretty up there, I like the idea that I don’t need to go to a store anymore. It’s one less thing to “refill” or check. And I think that there are more benefits that even out the cost. To me, it’s not just the bottom line of money.
- The MAIA underwear also provided really good leak protection for when I go to bed. I used to worry about it a lot, but they fit well and I haven’t had any accidents so far.
- The other thing that makes Lunapads different is that they come with inserts that make it much easier to swap out during the day. I looked at other brands, and I was kind of uncomfortable with the idea of wearing the same thing all day. I have the same apprehensions about hot tubs, however. I’m not a fan of sitting in my own filth, much less in other people’s filth. So this is a totally personal choice.
- Their support team is so amazing. They are so nice and are so friendly. I’m very big on good support teams in general, and a large part of keeping my loyalties come down to this. If support is shitty, I am so quick to leave.
- I did have to make a few changes in my routine. Instead of just throwing away used ones, I wash them after each change. I do the same with my dishes (for the most part). I don’t like letting things sit. Since I work from home, it’s not a huge thing for me to stay put and indoors for when I get the ladypains.
- Getting the Lunapads in black seemed like a good choice in the beginning, just to cater to my personal abhorrence to stains of any kind. But later I found that it was kind of difficult to tell them apart by size. I ended up adding some colour-coded stitching to the back edges so that I could tell the long pads from the maxi pads. OMG, was that a nerdy thing? Do I give a shit? NO, NOT REALLY.
- It might be odd to mention it, but the fabric is also kind of cozy, and maybe in my mind, that kind of comfort affects my way of thinking. Perhaps a little bit of the hygge craze played a part in this.
Some kind of con list:
- They sell travel bags and little pouches for when you’re on the go, but I think when I travel or go camping, I’d still use the disposable versions. I have to draw the line at keeping soiled things like this in my purse or bag. No thanks.
- The other downside for me was that the mini sizes shifted around too much. This comes down to our varied shapes and build, of course, so that’s not really anyone’s fault. I took advantage of their exchange policy and was able to get 2 more long pads instead. These work much better for me. Mostly because I’m an old lady at heart, and I love my coverage. If I could swaddle myself without the social stigma of it all, I would.
It kind of goes against the idea of reusable, but I did end up buying a second pair of MAIA’s and a pack of their long pantyliners. I swear it’s the last time! Until the next time!
This time I felt a little brave and went for the patterned versions.
I’ve read other reviews about reusable pads in general, and I find that I do relate to a lot of them. I feel good about creating less garbage, and that it’s a different way of thinking all together. Again, it’s still pretty early for me, compared to those who have been using these for years, but I still kind of get a little excited about getting my ladypains just so I can use them.